Foodie Buzz—Dubai to Serve Local Fare in Hotel Restaurants


Good news for foodies on the move, especially to the UAE: The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing is reportedly launching an initiative based around the development of Emirati cuisine in Dubai’s hotels, according to Hotelier Middle East

Andy Cuthbert, general manager, Madinat Jumeirah C&I and Jumeirah Hospitality, spoke at the Caterer Middle East Chef’s & Ingredients Forum earlier this week, said that he and other hoteliers want to set up a training program with young chefs to teach them about local fare. “As you know, there’s not many Emirati chefs cooking in our kitchens in our establishments, but we need to be able to train our young guys how to cook it properly.” 

Cuthbert, who is also chairman of the Emirates Culinary Guild, is part of a committee at DTCM working to ensure the recognition and promotion of the national cuisine, along with two other top Dubai chefs, Uwe Micheel, director of culinary at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek and president of the Emirates Culinary Guild and Michael Kitts, director of culinary arts at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.


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